Tucson, Ariz. (June 27, 2013)- Alaska Airlines announced today it will begin new nonstop service between Tucson and Portland, Ore., starting Nov. 1. Alaska's schedule shows a daily incoming flight arriving at 1:05 p.m., with the outbound at 1:35 p.m. This once daily service will be a new destination for the Tucson region, and will bring the total of nonstop destinations served by Tucson International Airport (TIA) to 15.
"This is an important air service achievement for Tucson, as we've heard from both business and leisure travelers that the Pacific Northwest is an important destination," said Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) President and CEO Bonnie Allin.
"New nonstop routes are also critical to bringing in more visitors for the region's tourism industry and in efforts to attract new businesses to southern Arizona. We greatly appreciate all of the TAA members, as well as other business and community leaders, who worked with us to show Alaska Airlines that Tucson has the demand to support this route."
In November 2012, executives from Alaska Airlines visited Tucson to meet with TAA officials and a diverse group of local business and community leaders. TAA's air service incentive program, combined with a strong showing of support for the route from the community, were important factors in Alaska's decision to expand its service from Tucson.
Alaska is the first airline to offer a new destination that qualifies for TAA's Air Service Incentive Program, which provides marketing incentives and landing fee waivers. Alaska currently operates daily nonstop service to Seattle.
"It is important in today's competitive market that airlines see a community coming together to retain and grow air service," Allin said. "In order for airlines to make the multi-million dollar investment to start a new route, they need to be assured of its success."
Allin said the success of this flight can help the airport continue to retain and grow air service for the community.
"Now that we have this new flight, filling the seats is essential. Every ticket bought will help demonstrate that Tucson is a strong market for new air service. We all want to fly more places nonstop from TIA, and this is our opportunity to show Alaska and other airlines that choosing Tucson is a smart move," she said.
Tickets are on sale now at AlaskaAir.com. Fares start at $129 each way.
Note: The arrival and departure times reflect Daylight Savings Time, which changes on Nov. 3. The first two days, the flight will arrive in Tucson at 12:05 p.m. and depart at 12:35 p.m.